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From what you have described and from the pictures you provided, I believe you need to have the guitar properly set up. As part of a complete set up, you can have the actioned lowered as much as possible to make the guitar easier to play. Lighter gauge strings might help but it appears from the pictures that the action has room to be lowered. Lowering ...
This sounds like your nut action is too high, i.e. the nut slots are not deep enough. This makes it hard to play on the first few frets, and it also causes bad intonation on the first few frets. This page has some information on how you can check your nut action. This page is likely to have more information than you want to know. If you haven't done it ...
Rockin Cowboy alluded to this, but I'll spell it out separately: Your own voice! Singing is a skill that can be developed like playing any instrument, and it's arguably one of the cheapest and most convenient options. You almost never have to tune, polish, or repair the instrument. You don't have to carry a bulky case with you to practice. That's not to ...
As you can see by all the answers so far, you have many options. One thing that I might point out is that many of the instruments mentioned (horns, harmonica, brass) require you to blow into them. So they don't work as well if you want to use your instrument to accompany your singing. You can learn to play guitar "left handed" which means that your ...
Obviously, there is a tonal difference. Listen to a Paul Standard with rosewood, and a Paul Custom with ebony. Same guitar, different fretboards, and the Custom has a bit of a snappier, more articulate attack. Listen to a tele with a rosewood board, and one with a maple one. in this case, the maple has the snap. Anyone who says there's no difference, doesn't ...
Really? Not one mention of Django Reinhardt? Django lost the use of his fourth and fifth fingers in a fire but that didn't stop him from ripping it up on guitar (and inventing a new genre of music in the process). A few years ago, I sustained a minor sprain in my fretting hand which made it painful to make certain finger changes (I play bass mostly, but ...
The harp. It's normal to play just using the thumb and first three fingers on each hand.
Flute makes no or very little use of the left-hand little finger. If you play the standard Boehm system there are no keys for the LH 4th finger and even if you play one of the extended systems there are alternative fingerings. Rudall Carte and other 'simple' systems don't use that finger at all. Also fife and tin whistle, both of those don't use that ...
The typical recorder fits the bill perfectly for you. It uses all fingers of the right hand, and the thumb and all-but-the-pinkie of the left hand.
Pretty much all percussion instruments, which includes hammer dulcimer and its ilk. I don't know whether the harp requires pinky use or not. I suppose it'd be cheating to suggest the theremin :-) .
The ukulele is great for avoiding pinkie finger use. Also melodica, accordion, banjo…
The didgeridoo asks very little of the pinkie finger on either hand.
Harmonica, blues or chromatic.
The obvious ones are -trumpet - no use for pinkie at all, and slide trombone - no use for fingers separately. Followed closely by xylophone/marimba/glock/vibraphone and drums.
It's a Kemenche. It seems to be tuned in fourths.
Well, you could go for a small accordion. They are fairly portable, the energy supply are your arms, but of course it sounds nowhere like a piano and the left hand uses a different system than a piano keyboard. But it's a polyphonic instrument, and if you really want to play piano scores, you can go for an instrument with a free bass system in the left ...
The sound of a normal piano comes from its heavy, large construction. That's just physics. If you want the same sound from something smaller, you need a sampler (of some kind), and that will require electricity. Maybe you can rig something together with a keytar and a wearable amplifier powered by a solar panel on your back and generators in your shoes, or ...
Schoenhut makes ones that sound kind of like a piano, sort of.
I believe that the pre-war Martin design positioned the top X-bracing forward about an inch as compared to the later versions, which moved them back, for a reduction in stressed leverage on the top, and corresponding reduction in warranty and repair issues. The pre-war mahogany backed model(s) are as revered as the rosewood backed model(s), so the wood type ...
I've had very good results with the sForzando plugin (free) and various free sample libraries. A nice selection of free samples: http://bedroomproducersblog.com/2010/07/01/free-sample-shootout-3-acoustic-electric-and-toy-pianos/ And some more: http://bigcatinstruments.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/all-keyboard-instruments.html Audio Examples Iowa Piano: ...
YES The easy way is on a C/T harmonica with a valve on the 5 hole. This will allow you to play chromatically in the mid range of the diatonic harp.The 5 hole will require a blow bend , giving you a full chromatic scale. If you valve the 2 hole for an additonal blow bend you can play whatever you want. Works for me as I am a full time teacher , studio ...
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